Donald Bertram McIntyre was born at Edinburgh on 15th August 1923, the second child and elder son of Rev. Robert Edmond McIntyre, then minister of Orchardhill, Giffnock. His mother was Mary, daughter of Dr Thomas Brown Darling and Jessie Walker. The family moved to Edinburgh on R.E. McIntyre’s translation to Morningside High Church in 1935. Having started his schooling in Giffnock, Donald moved in Edinburgh to George Watson’s College. In 1939 he and his brother were evacuated to Speyside where he became Dux of Grantown Grammar School in 1941.
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